Most of today’s pilgrims come from the region of the former county of the Andechs-Meranians, i.e. Bavarian Swabia, and from the region around Augsburg, but also from communities around the Starnberger See, Ammersee and even from Munich.
Numerous pilgrimage groups are received by the monks and blessed with holy water. This is followed by mass in the Pilgrimage Church. Most pilgrims are seen off again after devotions in the afternoon, where religious objects such as rosaries and crosses are blessed. Some spend the night.
Aside from the annual stream of pilgrims, the numerous votive candles kept in the “Wachsgewölbe” (candle vault) of the Pilgrimage Church bear witness to the existence of the Andechs pilgrimage tradition over centuries. Numerous votive tablets also document the bond between the pilgrimage communities and the Holy Mountain.
Today the main pilgrimage season is around the “Kreuzwoche”, the week of the Ascension. The Dreihostienfest (Festival of the Three Hosts) is now celebrated on the last weekend in September, the old Andechs church consecration festival.